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11-year-old invited to join Mensa after scoring higher than Albert Einstein

“He got the maximum score for someone his age."


Kevin Sweeney. (Eddie Sweeney via SWNS)

By Ellie Forbes via SWNS

An 11-year-old boy has been invited to join Mensa after getting the maximum score in a test - higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Kevin Sweeney has now been accepted into the IQ club after scoring the highest possible score for a boy of his age - 162.

He scored in the top one percent of people and was the only child at the test which he took on July 16.

Proud dad Eddie Sweeney, 40, and mom Laura, 39, said they have always known Kevin was a genius.

Dad-of-four Eddie, from Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland said: “It’s amazing, we are so proud and Kevin is over the moon.

“He got the maximum score for someone his age.

“There were no other children at the test it was all adults.

“We thought he might get overwhelmed being with all adults, but he was just chatting away to everyone saying ‘hi, I’m Kevin.'

“Me and his mum took the test a few years ago just because we love quizzes and wanted to challenge ourselves.

Kevin Sweeney. (Eddie Sweeney via SWNS)

“Kevin really wanted to do it with us but he was too young.

“We really hope this can open doors for him, it’s so exciting.

“We are so proud as parents, we have always known he was really clever.

“We always told people he’s a genius, and I don’t use that word lightly.”

Kevin traveled to The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh to sit the test and was delighted when his results arrived earlier this month.

Eddie said: “Kevin was running round the garden when he got the results.

“It meant a lot more to him than we imagined it would.

“We hope this is a great boost for him.

“Life has its challenges for Kevin, and we really want to help maximize his potential and give him every opportunity in life.”

Kevin knew the periodic table when he was just six-years-old and was reading before he started primary school.

Eddie said they watch "The Chase" every night and is blown away by Kevin’s ability.

Quiz lover Kevin, who has autism, also loves watching "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" and "Only Connect."

Eddie, a physical education instructor with the prison service, said: “At six he knew the periodic table after about a week and people would test him on it.

“They would ask him a number and he could tell them what is was, what the symbol was and what the element weighed.

“He was reading before he started school.

“He has read all the Harry Potter books and knows everything about it.

“We watch 'The Chase' everyday and 'Who Wants to Be A Millionaire' when it’s on.

Kevin Sweeney. (Eddie Sweeney via SWNS)

“He likes 'Only Connect' too, I can watch a whole show and get nothing right it’s so hard, the people on it are crazy clever.

“But Kevin will sit there and get the answers, it just blows my mind.

“Watching 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,' he got the £250,000 question correct even before the options came up.

“When another show asked about the cost of a bus fare in Harry Potter, he was adamant the answer they gave was wrong.

“He went upstairs, found the right page in the right book within seconds, and proved he was right - the film version had used a different price.”

But despite his Einstein-level intellect Kevin’s passion is music and singing – and he knows how to play the chanter, piano and guitar.

Eddie added: “His biggest passion is music and signing.

“Kevin has spoken about being a doctor or a scientist but I don’t think he know exactly yet."

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